EUGENE, Ore.-- A Lane Community College building is under construction to be made safer.
Construction crews were at one of the residence buildings on 10th and Charnelton on Friday. They were setting the building up to have its six year-old paneling replaced.
KEZI 9 News is told this is the first of multiple phases in replacing the panels on the Titan Court building.
An employee with Mckenzie Scaffolding said Friday they were basically building a giant ladder for other people to work on. When that phase is complete, another team will come in and start replacing the bad panels.
LCC students said they're glad the school is being proactive. “I live a few blocks down. I'm glad that they are doing that. It's always great to have safer buildings. Especially downtown,” Billy Dyball said.
We’re told the manufacturer thinks the panels became brittle while being made. Now, they're getting replaced under the warrantee.
Students from colleges in the area are still living in the building right now. We're told they haven't been affected by the construction.
KEZI 9 News met with Jennifer Hayward, a spokesperson for LCC. "Potentially they could fall down in an extreme case so it's good that we're getting them replaced. That's our highest priority, safety, at Lane Community College. We cant teach students if they're not safe,” Hayward said.
Construction is expected to continue throughout the next few weeks.